Should I Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
If you have been in a car accident, you will undoubtedly have some issues to handle after the crash. First and foremost, you need to take care of your personal injuries and have yourself checked out by a healthcare professional or your regular doctor. You will get a diagnosis from the doctor, and you will need to keep these medical documents to verify your personal injuries associated with your claim.
You can expect that you will experience some soft tissue injuries after a car accident. These injuries can include:
- Sprains and strains
- Bruises and contusions
- Head trauma
- Neck pains
- Back pains
- Lower back pains
Some of the injuries you incur will go on for many days, weeks, or months. You can feel the effects of a car crash for years after the accident, based on the severity of the injuries. When you need to get seen by a hospital, urgent care facility, or your doctor, you will incur medical bills. These medical bills will start to pile up, and you will need to pay these bills for the medical and healthcare-related services received. In this way, you will go into debt for the hospital bills, but why are you paying for these bills if the accident was not your fault?
This is why you will want to call a lawyer to help you in this type of case. You will not be able to go up against the big insurance company alone. You will also not want to rely on the well-meaning advice of your friends and family in this case. You need to call a seasoned and experienced attorney who can help you with the recovery of compensation that you deserve in this case.
The Main Reason to Hire a Lawyer after a Car Accident
We are ready to let you in on the main reason to hire a lawyer – and that is that the lawyer knows, lives, breathes, and understands the law in all cases, and you don’t. When you have been in a car accident, you need to be reimbursed for the losses that you received in the accident. If you have soft tissue injuries, you need to be reimbursed for the medical bills that you incur for that loss. If you have a damaged or totaled-out car, you need to be reimbursed for getting a new car or replacing the car you used to drive. If you have lost wages from work on account of the accident, you need to be reimbursed for these losses to be able to continue your life and pay your monthly bills.
Of course, you can go to the person who caused you the loss yourself and ask for the reimbursement. You can also contact the insurance company of the person at fault for your loss and ask them to pay you back for their insured’s negligence and careless actions. But how far with that get you? You can ask them, call them, ask them some more, but they don’t have to listen to you, well, do they? They can tell you that:
- They’ll get back to you when they get the chance
- They’ll call you when they finish their investigation
- They’ll get back to you when they decide the loss
- They’ll get back to you when it is convenient for them to do so
Attorneys Have Clout, Sorry, But You Don’t!
When you hire an attorney for your losses after an accident, and the insurance company knows you are legally represented, they will stand up and listen at that point. The attorney understands the laws, and more importantly, knows and will uphold your rights to get an answer and the recovery you deserve in this type of case. Therefore, you will have a great advantage in hiring an attorney to represent you for your accident.
Your attorney will go over the fees with you and explain what you need to do next to file a formal claim against the wrongdoers in your case. You will need to gather information about your losses, damages, and personal injuries. You should talk to your lawyer about your expectations and what you think will happen with your loss.
What Is a Reasonable Expectation for the Claim, Damages, and Compensation Reimbursement?
It is difficult to determine what a person will get back in a settlement before filing the claim. Once the claim is filed and the investigation is performed on both sides by the lawyer and insurance company of the wrongdoer, it may be easier to estimate the amount that a claim for damages, losses, and personal injury will be worth.
A personal injury claim will be worth what it takes to help make the injured individual whole again. This is to say that the settlement for the claim is meant to put the person back in the position they were in before the loss. The settlement is not meant to be a windfall or “free money” for the person making the personal injury claim.
For this reason, the expectations of the claim need to be addressed with the client and the lawyer. There needs to be an amount of money that will be expected as an outcome in a settlement for the claim. Additionally, there should be a threshold amount of money that you do not want to go under when the lawyer is working to resolve the personal injury claim on your behalf.
Lawyers Understand When to Negotiate and When to Litigate
Another reason you hire a lawyer to represent you after an accident is because the lawyer understands when it is time for you to negotiate and when you need to litigate. Starting an action against a wrongdoer is not initiated as the action would be on a television or movie drama. Your lawyer understands what to do, how to file the claim, and how to win the claim for you. It is important to stay in constant contact and be available to talk to your lawyer if any claim-related questions need to be addressed while the claim is being filed and managed.
It will be very easy to look up a lawyer and not know the person’s credentials. But in the case of a claim for personal injuries, you will want to take the time to find a lawyer who knows how to settle personal injury claims. This will greatly increase your chances of having a successful outcome in your favor to resolve your personal injury claim.
Contact our injury and accident attorneys and we will be able to discuss this case with you and determine the exact nature of the legal problems you have and your legal claim, and help you build this case to find out if you can recover compensation for your losses. Just give us a call at the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm right now. We are here for you every step of the way. Call us at (833) 254-2923 today to discuss your legal issues with an expert attorney on our team.